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Publishing

Marvel, DC Grow Market Share in Weak Comics Year

Disney’s Marvel is expected to outshine Warner Bros.’ DC Comics in retail sales both in the comic book and licensed merchandise sectors this year as the comics market continues to battle flattish growth…


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Business

Roundup: M&A & Legal

Hasbro and DC settle their Bumblebee suit, LaLiga comes to (North) America, Thunderbird goes public, and publishers Bongo House and New York Magazine are shaken…


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Entertainment/Character

Supercharge Me! Hero-based Merch Sales Down 7%

Retail sales of licensed merchandise based superhero properties reached $5.2 billion worldwide in 2017, with over 90% from Marvel and DC Comics…


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Entertainment/Character

Franchises Drive Comics Sales in 2017

The top comic book, graphic novel, and manga properties of 2017 with potential for licensing—plus, Valiant and Nelvana get superpowered as they continue to expand into content production…


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Entertainment/Character

$100 Million Superhero Brands Grow 15% in 2016

We need a hero to boost entertainment/character retail sales—and DC Comics and Warner Bros. are bringing their empires to deliver…


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Business

M&A & Legal

The latest business and legal news to impact the licensing industry.

Featuring: Mattel, Illumination America, Spin Master, Alibaba, Hasbro, DC Comics, and more…


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Comic Books

Superheroes Revisited: Batman Overtakes Spider-Man

The age-old question is re-examined: DC or Marvel? We’ve restated the 2014 retail sales figures for Batman, Avengers, and Superman to reflect the relative rankings between the four superhero brands…


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HOLIDAY SPENDING

Halloween Spending Up; Entertainment Tops Costume Choices

Halloween spending is expected to reach an all-time high this year, according to the NRF’s Halloween Spending Survey; total spending is expected to reach $8.4 billion. With 67% planning to buy costumes, licensed choices are topping the lists…


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COMIC BOOKS

Top Entertainment/Character Properties Drive Comics Sales Above $1 Billion

Pow! Retail sales of comics and graphic novels in the U.S. and Canada grew 10% in 2015, passing $1 billion for the first time in decades, driven by…


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PET PRODUCTS

As Pet Pampering Grows, Licensing Goes to the Dogs

The emerging trend of pet “parenting” has increased demand for specialty products, including toys and other products licensed from fashion, entertainment and celebrity properties, as pet parents seek to share their favorite brands with their pets…


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